We are happy to introduce our five Lay Partners from five Redemptorist Conferences who joined the Capitualars and delegates from different units of the Congregation on the second week of the XXVI General Chapter at Il Carmelo in Rome.
Lady Judith Agu (Africa & Madagascar)
Judith is a Lay Missionary of the Most Holy Redeemer. She is also the President of the Commission for Shared Missions in the Conference of Redemptorists for Africa and Madagascar. She is the National President of the Confraternity of our Mother of Perpetual Help and Chairperson of the Commission for Shared Missions in the Redemptorist Vice-Province of Nigeria. Judith hopes to share her experiences and also make valuable contributions at the 26th General Chapter to further strengthen partnership in the mission in the Congregation. Judith, a Legal Practitioner, and Author, remains grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Redemptorist family.
Vanda Maria de Carvanho Leima (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Vanda is a Lay Missionary of the Vice Province of Fortaleza in Brazil. Member of the Commission for Shared Mission of the Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Roksan (Rosanna) Latorre (Asia-Oceania)
Rossana is a lay partner of the VP-Manila, Philippines, and has been with them for more than 22 years. She currently heads the Permanent Commission on Lay Partnership in Mission of the said unit. She served as a lay missionary in the first 9 years of her involvement with the Redemptorists and became a lay vocation coordinator in the succeeding years. Currently, Roksan shares her gifts and skills in Formation in the area of socio-affective concerns. She also coordinates Kasaklolo Counseling Ministry which provides counseling and other psycho-social services.
In this Chapter, she hopes that decisions be made that will further push the gains achieved in the shared mission in the past years. Her hope is that in this XXVI Chapter the Shared Mission will be assumed in such a way as to break with clericalism. And that the participation of the laity takes place in the proper way in Our actions.
Anne Walsh (North America)
Anne is a Lay Missionary of the Most Holy Redeemer. She is also the Chair of the General Commission for Partnership in Mission of the Redemptorists, the Coordinator for Partnership in Mission for the Conference of North America, and a member of the Redemptorist Adult Faith Formation Team in her home Province of Canada. Anne hopes that this experience of five lay partners in mission taking part in this General Chapter will be an encouragement to all members of the Redemptorists Family to deepen and further our partnership in and for the mission.
Bohumir Zivcak, (born in 1968) (Europe)
Bohumir is a Lay Missionary from Slovakia. He has been full-time with Redemptorists for more than 30 years. He is married to Alena and they have four children (29,27,20 and 18) and one grandchild in heaven.
He studied Theology and Pedagogy and did his doctorate in Pastoral Theology and Pedagogy. He leads the missionary community River of Life (65 adults) together with Fr. Michal Zamkovsky CSsR and three other lay leaders. Right now he has been serving in the Hospice of St. Elisabeth for more than two years full time.